A Christmas Message from Deer Creek Camp

Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer are all names that we know quite well from the stories and the movies that have been created to further our imagination and fill us with joy during this time of year.  There is another name that we tend to forget
about this time of year.  He was born of virgin, laid in a manger, and he gave His life to save us.  His name is Jesus.

“And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.  And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you:  you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’”  -Luke 2:9-14

I know this passage is read quite a bit around this time of year and can even be heard in the “Charlie Brown Christmas Special”, but there is
something very important about this passage that I think we all tend to miss.  Do you ever think that we can hear something so much that eventually we stop listening and just smile and nod?  The angel didn’t appear to the people who had the best house or the most money; he appeared to the shepherds, the humble.  The shepherds were the first ones to know about the birth of Jesus, and they went to Bethlehem to see their Savior.  They didn’t question if it was true, they listened to the angel’s message and went.  The Lord appears to those “with whom he is
pleased”.  The same thing was said when the angel appeared to Mary earlier in the book of Luke when she was told that she would give birth to the Son of God.  This year, this season of joy and good tidings, let us remember that we are celebrating the birth of Christ; we are celebrating the birth of a Savior, our Savior.  Let us live our lives to be those with whom He will be pleased.

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